Room Selection Process - SUNY Cortland

Room Selection Process

Who Has to Live On Campus?

  • All new and current first year students.
    • Four semester (two year) housing requirement
    • All new transfer students with freshman credits

Students Not Returning

If you do not require on-campus housing next year for any reason (met requirement, withdrawing, transferring, internship, student teaching, etc.) complete the Release from Housing form. Follow the same steps as the Fill Out Your RSP Form section.

RSP Timeline for 2016-2017



Feb. 15- Mar. 2 Information meetings take place, freshmen and new transfers must attend
March 23 RSP Form due by 11:59 p.m.
Before you select a room Complete your roommate profile (optional) and form your roommate group
March 29 View your RSP selection time
March 30 Room selection begins (based on your selection time)
March 30 and 31 Room selection for accommodations (medical, etc.)
May 12 Choose your room by 4 p.m.
May 13 $150 room deposit due by 4 p.m. (you can pay at any point during the process)
Jun. 22 and 23 Room change/swap days

Pay Your Room Deposit

Pay one of two ways:

  • At Student Accounts, Miller Building, Room 323, between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • With your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card on myRedDragon
    • Under the Student Tab and the Residence Life and Housing section choose "Pay Room Deposit Online"
    *Student staff members, EOP students, C.U.R.E. students, and RHA/NRHH executive officers will receive a room deposit waiver in the mail. This must be turned in by the $150 room deposit deadline. You will be billed for the deposit.

Access The Housing Director

All housing processes will take place from The Housing Director page. To access anything housing-related, complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to your myRedDragon.
  2. Select the “Student” tab.
  3. Under Residence Life and Housing select “Housing Process and Information.”

Fill Out Your RSP Form (view screenshots)

  1. Select Applications.
  2. Choose "Room Selection Process Form."
    1. If you are not living on campus next year, choose the "Release From Housing for Fall 2016" form.
  3. Read and sign the Room and Board License.
  4. Complete page one: roommate matching questionnaire and housing questions; once done, click Continue.
  5. Complete page two: building preferences (to be used if you do not want to choose your own room); once done, click Continue.
  6. Review the confirmation page.

Complete Your Roommate Profile (optional) (view screenshots)

  1. Choose "Set Up Roommate Profile" and then "Roommate Profile."
  2. To allow others to search for you in the advanced roommate search, keep your profile public; otherwise, make it private.
  3. Set up your contact preferences.
  4. Complete My Profile using the guidelines; profiles must not contain language that is discriminatory or harassing in any nature.

Form Your Roommate Group (view screenshots)

To live in a double room, you will be required to choose a roommate to select a room with. If you do not know who you would like to live with, you will have an option to search for others or you can opt to be assigned by Residence Life and Housing staff.

  1. Choose "Housing Information" and select "Roommates/Suitemates."
  2. Select a roommate:
    1. Know who you want to live with? Search with their name in the simple roommate search.
    2. Not sure who you want to live with? Complete the advanced roommate search.
  3. Send a request to the person(s) you want to live with. They will need to accept or decline.
  4. Accept or decline roommate requests sent to you.
  5. Continue with these steps until you have the desired number in your group (up to a total of six individuals.)

Choose Your Room (view screenshots)

  1. On the main page of The Housing Director, scroll down to see the selection processes you are eligible for.
  2. Each process will display a start date and time. This is when you will be able to choose your room.
  3. If you are selecting with at least one other individual, the person with the earlier selection time can choose for all in the roommate group.
  4. Select "Select a Room/Suite."
  5. If you are in more than one process, you will choose the process you want to choose a room from.
  6. Search for a room.
  7. Select "Select Room" or "Select Suite."
  8. Assign all individuals in your group to the beds and/or rooms.
  9. Select "I Agree- submit my room selection."
  10. Confirm your housing by viewing your assignment for Fall 2016 on the main page.

It is possible that someone else may choose your room/suite as you are selecting. If this happens, you will receive a message that this has happened. Search for another room.

Room Changes

Beginning April 6, you will be able to change your room assignment once a week. You are only able to change your assignment. Your roommate will have to make changes separately. Complete the same steps as listed in "Choose Your Room."

Information Meetings

All meetings are held in the following locations:

  • Mon., Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.: Corey Union, Function Room
  • Tues., Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.: Corey Union, Exhibition Lounge
  • Mon., Feb. 22 at  7 p.m.: Corey Union, Fireplace Lounge
  • Wed., Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.: Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge
  • Mon., Feb. 29 at 8 p.m.: Corey Union, Exhibition Lounge
  • Wed., Mar. 2 at 7 p.m.: Corey Union, Exhibition Lounge

Freshmen and new transfers are required to attend.

New to RSP this year

  • Later deposit date- gives you more time to save money to pay the $150
  • You will need a roommate if you want to live in a double room
  • The ability to create a roommate profile to help you find a roommate in a roommate search
  • Roommate matching questions- will allow us to better match you with returners or new students in the event of room assignment changes
  • If you are choosing a suite, one person in your group can select for everyone
  • As a returning student, you can choose to live in a triple in a double room for a 25% room rebate
  • You can opt to be assigned by Residence Life and Housing staff instead of choosing your own room